Matching Observations Found in Texas Department of Insurance’s Medical Malpractice Claim Data and the National Practitioners Database

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Squitieri, Chris
malpractice liability; malpractice insurance; National Practitioners Data Bank; Texas Department of Insurance; Tort; Economics; Medical Jurisprudence; Torts
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In regards to health care, the civil tort system serves to both deter negligent behavior on the part of the provider and compensate victims for losses which must include bodily harm attributable to negligent medical care. Due to the unique malpractice landscape that evolved in the United States, national tort reform has increased over the last several decades and a need for reliable data exists. This paper matches claims from the National Practitioner's Data Bank to an independent state data bank to determine is systematic, nonrandom differences between the observations exist. The paper found that systematic differences existed and their existence was implicitly proven in a paper published in 2013. This calls into question the current state of knowledge surrounding medical malpractice liability reform.